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    September 18, 2012
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future. it carry as strong warning to women of childbearing age that the drug can cause serious birth defects. >> i'm planning to become pregnant soon. maybe down the line it would be something i would be interested in. in the short-term, it's not. but anything that could help in longer term, i would be interested. >> the fda says women of childbearing age can take it if they take negative pregnancy tests. it is also designed for people that have serious conditions, not someone who wants to drop 5 or 10-pounds. the drug is available today. this is 9news now. >> we are picking up the pieces from a powerful storm that blew through our area. we can count on topper shutt to give us the latest on the weather. >> we are in much better
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shape. we are about to give the all clear. not quite. let me show you what it looked like earlier. it rained. in fact, it was flooding in parts of our building. rain fall with this particular line of storms, very common. 1 to 2 inches for the whole event. that's enough to cause some flash flooding. there's still some river flood warnings in effect for some of our counties out to the west. we'll get to that in a minute. now we'll show you the tornado watch. it is still in effect until 7:00. calvert county, st. mary's county, and the northern neck. quite frankly, the danger of tornadoes is over here. you may have big storms and flooding, but the danger of tornadoes is pretty much over. live doppler 9,000. you can see the heavy activity extending back to leanardtown. all the reds, that's the severe line. that produced a 61-mile per hour wind gusts south of the airport. pretty impressive stuff. reports of trees down across
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the entire metro area. now this line is moving across into the delmarva. there's still somely side yule light activity showers, back toward frederick and warrenton, but those will clear out in the next few hours. the heavy activity will be out of here by 8:00. i widen the radar out, more showers toward richmond. some of the moderate activity could still clip southern maryland for the next two, maybe three hours. the severe weather is over for you folks. now we'll send it up to scott broom. he has been in frederick all day. technically, you're under a river flood warning until 11:45 tonight. what's going on? >> well, i'm right near the river, but it's not the river. it's the down tree here on route 355. you can see right here, these are communication lines. since i talked to you last, the verison guys have started to take this tree out. we are lookg forward to get it cleaned up and get route 355
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back open. after a day that roughed us up in frederick county. >> from flash flooding in the city of frederick to a serious car accident in durwood, the weather roughed up the region all afternoon. hot wires down created a dangerous situation on chapel road in brookville. volunteers stood guard. pepco reports $15,000 without power. heavy downpours in gaithersburg made driving dangerous at times. it was slippery roads that may have contributed to that serious two-car accident that injured at least two people at shady grove. the rain also caused flash flooding incident. this is west patrick street. flood waters that cleared quickly, but briefly stranded teachers at the nearby west patrick middle school. and this old walnut tree between urbana and frederick stood since the civil war. tonight it's firewood blocking
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the road. >> and in fact, the verison guys are turning it into firewood. this road should be reopened shortly. reporting live of my mobile newsroom, scott broom, 9news now. >> amazing how you bring it to us. thank you, and stay safe. motorists should take it slow and use caution as they make their way home tonight. this std problem. the storm knocked down numerous trees. that big one came down on the eastbound lanes and suitland parkway just prior to silver hill road. unclear whether anybody was hurt, but look at that across the roadway. someone exited their car, you can see that person there. >> yeah, speaking of downed trees, one of them caused a will the of headaches. ken is standing by live with more on this one and i guess it was a tree on top of a house. ken. >> a huge tree, derek. this was a close call for the woman that was inside. she said she was inside the restroom when this massive tree that you're looking at right
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now came down on the house. you'll hear from her in a second. before you hear from her, take a look at this tree. so you get an idea of the damage that we're talking about here. this is a massive tree. probably twice the size of the house in height. and some of the roots of this thing are at least some 8 to 10 feet in diameter. you can see back down here. power lines came down. these are not charged, we know that. but you get an idea of how big the tree is and how powerful the winds that knocked it over were. this is a huge base of the tree that came up off the ground and it toppled. if you see that corner there, we were speaking earlier that this was reenforced with old construction. those old bricks held up and kept this tree from crushing the remainder of the house right underneath would be the
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living room and master bedroom. once again, just a huge tree that came down on this house and really was a close call for the one woman who was inside. take a listen to how she described it. >> all of a sudden, there was a boom. and notice there was something up against the bathroom window, but it missed the window and went toward my bedroom window. i managed to go inside the room and noticed that the front part was cracked in the back of my bed and when i went downstairs, my neighbor across the street was coming over looking and i noticed that the whole front end of the porch had collapsed. >> another live look right now at that front end of the portion. she was talking about. this is the front end. this would be the main entrance. that's the living room. this is not somewhere you want to go inside right now. it is uninhabitable. we are being told the family has a lot of friends here in this neighborhood. so they are taking them in for the everyoning.
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pepco has been out here as well as repair crews. they are talking about removing this tree. they'll have to cut it up into different pieces. there's also a crew that will try to sure up the house and put some tarp on it because it is beginning to rain out here again and they want to protect everything that is salvageable. you get an idea of how powerful the winds are. >> we know how lucky that lady was to have survived. >> the storms have left many people without power, but the numbers are going down. pepco is reporting 12,700 customers without power. dominion, virginia, reports 2200 customers are still in the dark and nearly 13 ,000 customers without power, most of them in the baltimore area. the weather impacting all the airportings in our region. some flights here at reagan national, dulles, and bwi experiencing delays ranging from 15 minutes behind schedule to nearly three hours. you want to call first if you
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are flying out this evening. >> and folks living in bloomingdale in washington are keeping a close eye on the weather and the water. bruce johnson live on the scene with more. bruce, the rain stopped a while ago, what about the flooding situation? >> derek, i wish that were true. the rain started again. here to my left, the councilman trying to get to him in a minute. fed up with the city's response with the flooding. we call it ground zero. they get nervous every time they hear one of topper's weather reports. over here you have d.c. water department trucks, they are cleaning out the catch basins trying to get the debris out. it can get down to the source, which is small, not up to the job. we shot tape earlier today. they had a small army out here of trying to get the drains in the area. where it is first to rhode island avenue. you should point out they were delivering sandbags on a front loader. actually going up and down rhode island avenue.
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stopping at the businesses to customers that alrey have dozens and dozens of sandbags. coming out to the councilman. sandbags, keeps the storm drains as clear as possible. but that is really not enough for the residents here. >> it's not enough. the response today has been inadequate. residents have been devastated by the flooding on four occasions over the last two months. and to date, all we've had are sandbags and cleaning of the sewers. we have residents who are being held hostage in their own homes and not able to leave for fear, they'll have raw sewage. >> raw sewage in the basement. destroying furniture, causing the damage. these people incuring a lot of money. what, if anything, is the city's response? >> we asked the city to provide relief fund, to date it has not been established. so i'm going to take the step
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of introducing legislation. in an effort to provide short- term for residents who have been devastated by the flooding. >> you have the seven votes? >> we should have the seven votes. at the end of the day, this isn't just impacting the residentings of the park. this is something that has been on the hearts and minds of everyone of this city because no one in the city of district of columbia should have to come home to raw sewage in their basement. back to you guys. >> we'll be watching that legislation. i'll be back here at 7:00 on 9news now for the latest. more on what we can expect the rest of the evening. >> i can hope that neighborhood and others will be spared the worst for sure. >> ahead on 9news now in this half hour, we have an update on a truly touching story and the video to go with it. a man and his best friend. people around the world are opening their hearts and their wallets. plus, boy and beast playing
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together in perfect harmony? we're going to have more on the encounter between a toddler and some gorillas caught on tape.
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caught on tape, live gorillas. 18 month old and her father were visiting the wild park in
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southern england. both got to interact with gorillas. her dad brought along the home video camera and captured his daughter playing. this happened 19 years ago, but damian never released that video because he worried about the public backlash. he decided to put it on youtube to help raise money for the animal park. : now to video that blows you away. it's a story that touches people around the globe. you may remember seeing it here on 9news. take a look. pictures of wisconsin man wading into lake superior to ease the joints of his dog. he is receiving bags of mail and that's not all. one woman sent a bed for chef from california. supplements came from a man from connecticut and the vet is getting donations to help the 19-year-old shepherd mix. >> england. >> illinois. >> texas. >> pretty cool. >> without treatment, it was trim to say good-bye.
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>> all the money pouring in will pay his vet bill for life, including weekly laser therapy to fight the pain and inflammation. all the extra care seems to be working. his response to the therapy is the best he's ever seen in an animal. still ahead, he was in charge during one of the most terrifying periods in washington history. we are one on one with former montgomery county police chief, charles moose.
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ten years ago, you'll remember a pair of snipers terrorized the washington area. john and leboyd were caught, but not until they paralyzed our region for 22 very long days. today former montgomery county police chief, charles moose, had a candid conversation with andrea mccarren and shared his lowest moment. >> we'll always be shooting of the child on his way into school. i mean, that's just such a low, low blow. >> former chief, charles moose, is pensive, but there is no doubt in his mind when the random attack crossed his mind. >> personally, i have done some things, maybe i should be shot. maybe other adults have done things they aren't proud of, but no 13-year-old has had enough life to do anything to deserve being shot. shot on his way to school.
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i mean, that was the worst moment ever. >> chief moose deflects praise and redirects it to whom he considers the area's unsung heros. schoolteachers. >> the teachers all knew that the kids needed him. they came to work. >> he says during the sniper crisis, area teachers had their highest attendance record ever. moose says he will never forget that or the lives that were altered for ever. andrea mccarren, 9news now. >> today, former chief moose is retired, relaxed, and living in tampa. he will never forget those terrifying 22 days back in october of 2002. >> life is coming to a standstill. >> how often do you fill your tank up and look around your shoulder? >> everybody was doing it. it completely altered the every day stuff. >> we are looking at -- essentially we are done. 95% of us, you are all clear for severe weather. let's start with the watch.
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the watch is now gone for southern maryland. except for the northern neck. the northern neck continues until 7:00. and i think for the most part, you guys are out of the woods in terms of severe weather. you see the yellows. that is the severe thunderstorm warnings across the bay into the dell morva. the only watch now, tornado watch is down toward the northern neck. i think that's kind of just playing it safe. all right, radar. well, we see the heavy activity across the delmarva. we see some showers. we aren't going to clear out quickly, but the big storms are going to be gone shortly. moderate rain down into leanardtown and much of st. mary's county and calvert county. these are -- see this little snapped tree? that's tree down in all these locations. flooding in montgomery county. trees down in laurel, over in prince georges county. wind gusts of 61 miles per hour just south of the airport. big time winds. all right, live look at michael and son weather cam. temperatures are still around
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70 downtown. everybody else in the 60s. the winds are southwest at 8. the front is still to our west. the winds will pick up. you'll hear them as they will pick up between 10:00 and midnight tonight. 67 bethesda. 66 in arlington. 67 in vienna and 67 out in bowie. temperature wise is a bargain. all right, cold front to our west. big storms by 8:00. some river flooding still possible. showers linger until 11:00. and then cooler overnight. next three days, good news, code green for a while. cooler tomorrow, 72. partly cloudy. just spectacular on thursday, 78. nice on friday, temperatures in the low 80s. next seven days. the bulk of saturday will be fine. showers saturday night, 82. pretty warm. fall arrives at 10:49. home opener, skins, cool. low 70s. watch it right here on channel 9. cooler on monday and sunshine continues on tuesday and warmer with highs in the upper 70s. what about the nats game?
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kristen will be back with sports next.
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and now, 9sports with kristen berset. >> welcome back. we're live at nationals park. no game being played tonight. it's quiet here because the game against the dodgers has been postponed until tomorrow. the nats will play a double header start agent 4:05. you'll have to wait another day to try and get back on that
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winning side of things. the nats, from looking to row bound after a rough road trip that ended with them getting swept by atlanta. the nats are still five games ahead of the braves and still hold the best record in baseball. they hit slumps before this season, so they are quite familiar with being in this particular position. >> you might back and know a team over there, the dodgers are fighting for a slot, too. >> if you are wanting to play late in the season. face quality teams and you know, have them here at home and it will be fun to get good support and hopefully win some ball games. >> nats did get good news, the injury to second baseman not nearly as bad as expected. an mri revealed he has a bone bruise in his left shoulder. the cortisone shot he got yesterday is working. he'll swing the bat and see how he feels. we are three days into the nhl
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lockdown. it's not a good sign. alex told a russian newspaper he expects to lock out to last all season. ovechkin is expected to sign with the moscow of the russian hockey league where he played before entering the nhl. the redskins had the day off from practice, but they took time out with area kids for an educational day. the redskins held an nfl play 60 event at their practice bubble. tyler and start runningback participated. and having an all around good time while reenforcing the importance of daily exercise. >> i love kids. i'm a big kid at heart. coming out here and enjoying and having fun with them does my heart some good. >> the vote in our latest game of the week poll. here are your choices.
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go to usatodayhighschoolvotes.net. the sports world lost a visionary today. steve sable. the president and founder of nfl films has died. he was 69 years old. he battled brain cancer for the last 18 months. now sable, along with his father changed the way we see sports today. that slow motion, the incredible plays, they wouldn't necessarily be possible without steve sable. so a big loss for the sports world today. steve sable passes away at the age of 69. from nationals park, i'm kristen berset, back to you in the studio. >> thank you. also have some breaking news to share. chicago teacher suspending their strike. thousands of kids are going to be going back to class. >> finally have their first day back to school. good to hear that. that's it for us, the cbs evening news is next. >> derek will have more on the end of the teacher strike.
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topper will be talking about that at 7:00. have a great night.
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>> pelley: tonight, the president and governor romney react to that tape that has shaken up the race. >> pelley: what did romney mean in a speech at a fund-raiser? jan crawford, bob schieffer and anthony mason report. this could be one solution to the drought. but jim axelrod tells us funding for it has dried up. could jesus have been married? a scholar says an ancient scrap of papyrus may hold a clue. and to this 15-year-old, the great recession looks like opportunity. >> i'm trying to get as many houses as i can while the market is low. >> pelley: anna we were we are a future mogul.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. with 49 days to election day, a candidate for president doesn't want a distraction from his message but it's happened in a big way to mitt romney. today, opponents and supporters parsed and examined in minute detail secretly recorded comments governor romney made about four months ago. it was during a private fund-raiser in a private home. romney was explaining why he believes that nearly half of the country would always be on the side of president obama. >> pelley: the video was recorded on may 17. it was obtained by the liberal magazine "mother jones."
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"mother jones" distributed it yesterday along with a press release. later in the tape, governor romney characterized the americans who pay no federal income taxes. >> pelley: his figure was correct, but there is controversy about how he described the 47% as dependent and not taking personal responsibility. the governor responded today and here's jan crawford. jan? >> reporter: well, scott, romney is making it clear he is not backing away from those comments. in fact, he is using them to draw a sharp contrast between his views on government and what he says are the president's.
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>> this is a message i'm carrying day in and day out and will carry over the coming months, which is this is a decision about the course of america and where we're going to head. >> reporter: in an interview this afternoon on fox news, romney stood his ground, using his remarks about dependence on government to hit the president for high unemployment and growing numbers on food stamps. >> but the intent that i want to talk about and that that was intended to speak about was the fact that you have a great divide about whether we want a government that's large aer and more intrusive and redistributing income or whether instead you want a government that sees its real as protecting freedom and opportunity and letting free people build more wealth for all people. >> reporter: romney was less forceful last night in a hastily arranged news conference hours after the tape became public. >> it's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. i'm speaking off the tkphuf response to a question and i'm sure i could state it more clearly in a more effective way than i did in a setting like that. >> reporter: he said he was making a point that people who don't pay income tax aren't
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likely to be attracted to his message of lower taxes. some republican commentators today were critical since romney will need support from people in that 47%, such as senior citizens, to beat president obama. the weekly standard's bill kristol called the comments arrogant and stupid but most republicans stood by romney, including former presidential candidate john mccain who is campaigning for him today in florida. >> i think people know mitt romney well enough to know that he is fighting and struggling for the vote of every registered voter in america, especially here in florida. >> reporter: john mccain says the episode shows candidates have to realize everything can be recorded. president obama stirred controversy four years ago when he was caught on tape at a fund-raiser saying this about resentment among small town voters in pennsylvania in the midwest.
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>> reporter: now, this is supposed to be the week romney is refocusing on jobs and the economy with some new polls now showing this race back to a dead heat. but, scott, this is yet another distraction as the campaign is trying to build momentum. >> pelley: thanks, jan. mr. obama talked about the tape today during an interview with david letterman which will be broadcast tonight. >> one of the things i've learned as president is you represent the entire country and when i meet republicans as i'm traveling around the country, they are hardworking family people who care deeply about this country and my expectation is that if you want to be president you've got to work for everybody, not just for some. >> pelley: the tape made us wonder who the 47% are who don't pay federal income taxes. anthony mason has been digging
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into that. >> reporter: when governor romney says 47% of americans pay no federal income tax, is he on the money? >> well, it's roughly accurate. we say last year 46% of americans paid no income tax. so governor romney's just about right. >> reporter: roberton williams with the nonpartisan tax policy center says to be precise 46.4% of americans pay no federal tax. but it's more complicated than that. >> 60% of them are working and pay federal payroll taxes, the taxes that support social security and medicare so they're not deadbeats not on the tax roll at all. >> reporter: many of those not paying federal tax are poor. more than half have annual incomes of less than $16,812. more than 80% have incomes under $33,542. and many-- about a quarter-- are also elderly and rely on social security. at the fund-raising dinner, governor romney described a group of americans addicted to
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government handouts. >> reporter: in fact, nearly half of all americans-- 49%-- now receive some form of government benefits such as social security, food stamps, unemployment, medicare, or medicaid. in north carolina, 63-year-old betty russell recently retired from a medical devices company and is counting on medicare. >> so i don't live off the system. will i take medicare when i'm 65? i will. i've depended on it as part of my strategy from the get-go. >> reporter: while the number of americans not paying federal income taxes has been rising over the past 25 years, the tax policy center now expects it to fall as the economy recovers from recession. the center forecast that less than 40% of americans will be paying no federal taxes by the end of the decade. >> pelley: anthony, thanks very much. bob schieffer is our chief
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washington correspondent and the anchor of "face the nation." bob, what do you make of mr. romney's comments? >> scott, i tell you, for a candidate who has fought the perception from the very beginning he's just a rich guy who doesn't understand the average folks, i cannot imagine what he could have said that would have hurt his cause more. as the very republican bill kristol, editor of the very republican "weekly standard "and conservative columnist in david brooks have pointed out today, the 47% of the people who pay no federal income tax are not all moochers, not by a long shot. many a r traditional republican supporters-- old people living on social security, retired members of the military as well as poor families who, once they are docked for payroll, state, and local taxes, just don't make enough money to owe federal taxes. when romney says he can't worry about these people because he'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility for their lives, you have to wonder
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if he actually knew who he was talking to. maybe he didn't mean it the way it sounded, but whatever he meant, writing off half the electorate is just not smart politics. >> pelley: bob, thank you. on another controversial issue, illegal immigration, today a federal judge gave arizona the go-ahead to enforce a key provision of the state's new immigration law. it requires police officers to check the status of someone that they stop if they have reason to believe that person could be an illegal immigrant. more court challenges are expected. we got a remarkable story today from our correspondent covering the syrian civil war. that war began, as you know, as a popular uprising a year and a half ago against the 42-year dictatorship of the assad family and it's estimated now that 20,000 syrians have been killed and untold numbers of families are fleeing. holly williams has reached one of the refugee camps just across
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the border in turkey. >> reporter: this camp is a refuge from fighting and from fear. conditions are basic, but the 8,000 syrians who live here know they've left the violence behind them. more than half of the refugees are children. inside this tent we found mohammed, essam, and three-year-old abdulrahman al-awlaki. they're alone here, they told us. two months ago their mother and father were killed in aleppo by government soldiers who ambushed the mini bus they were traveling in. "i saw the driver's jaw shot off" said essam. "and another man's hands blown away by a grenade." he told us his mother was killed by a bullet to the head. as abdulrahman sat in her lap. at ten years old, not all of essam's wounds are physical. mohammed, who's 11, was hit by
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shrapnel and abdulrahman has a steel rod in his leg after the bone was shattered in the attack. the boys are now being cared for by friends and relatives, some of them children themselves. >> one, two, three, four. >> reporter: the turkish government is building new camps as fast as they can and moving refugees into them even before they're finished. the families three that three here to turkey find safety but very little hope. with no end in sight to syria's civil war, their children are learning to call a refugee camp home. they bring their memories of the war with them the. a conflict that's force misdemeanor to grow up too quickly. as we visited with this group, one boy began singing a song. "we can't wait forever" go the words. "president bashar al-assad must leave." soon the others joined him. "why did this child have to die"
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they sang. "please tell the army to go away." no matter how this war ends and no matter who wins, syria and its children will be left with deep scars. holly williams, cbs news, on the turkey/syria border. >> pelley: no end to the war in afghanistan, either. today 12 people were killed in a suicide attack in the capital. a young woman rammed a car bomb into a mini bus carrying airline employees who work for the u.s. government. eight of the dead were south african. no americans were involved. a militant group said that it was revenge for that american-made film that ridicules islam which is which has caused riots all over the middle east. that was also the reason for last friday's assault on a nato base. and today we learned the names of two marines who were killed. sergeant bradley atwell and lieutenant colonel chriser if raible, the commanding officer of a harrier squadron.
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this evening delegates for the teachers union voted to suspend their strike. this that means the city's 350,000 public school students will head back to class tomorrow. rank-and-file union members still have to approve the new three-year contract. the teacher strike began last week and was the first in chicago in 25 years. storms are sweeping across the east tonight, far from where the rain is needed most. a record drought is gripping the heartland and jim axelrod has been following it along the arkansas river. turns out at the end of the line there's plenty of water, it's just not in the right place. >> reporter: arkansas is not like the other drought-stricken states the arkansas river cuts through. just ask gene sullivan. that's a lot of water here. >> absolutely. this is a big river now. >> reporter: sullivan manages the water supply in central
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arkansas. we're in a situation where the water's here and agriculture's there and it's just simple matter of getting the water from the river into the basin. but it's expensive. >> reporter: there's no question it's needed. the soybean plant on the left is dependent on rain for water. the one on the right comes from a field fed by ground wells. two decades ago, anticipating the groundwater wouldn't last forever, sullivan and local farmers planned to build a pumping station to suck water out of the arkansas and get it to their fields. an $80 million idea so badly needed the farmers taxed themselves to raise money. the station is now almost ready to pump 800,000 gallons a minute. but it will cost another $40 million to dig the irrigation trenches to get the water to the farms. if you don't get $40 million, what happens to this? >> well, it will be mothballed. >> reporter: sullivan was counting on congressional funding in the form of an
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earmark-- an appropriation for a specific project that's come to be short hand for government waste. the money to complete the project is attached to legislation that's been stuck in congress for nearly three years. >> earmarking turned out to be a very bad word and we're in a moratorium as far as that goes and most people think we won't be back in the earmarking business. >> reporter: so 260,000 acres of rice, soybeans, and corn will continue to rely on depleted ground wells and rain in the middle of the worst drought in arkansas in a generation. >> i've never seen a project that had the benefits that were really needed where it was just a common sense thing to do that didn't get built. >> reporter: the way sullivan sees it, common sense may be the only thing harder to find around here than rain. jim axelrod, cbs news, scott, arkansas. >> pelley: he revolutionized
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back to the news. papyrus has reignited one of the oldest debates in christianity. the discovery was made public in rome today by dr. karen king, a harvard professor. the papyrus dates back to the fourth century. the text is in the coptic language, one line says "jesus said to them my wife" but that's
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where the papyrus end. there's another quote that says "she can be my disciple." professor king says this doesn't prove that jesus had a wife but only that early christians debated whether he did. it's not clear who wrote the words on the papyrus some 300 years after jesus died, but professor king says colleagues who examined it believe it is authentic. a pioneer who helped turn pro football into america's number-one spectator sport died today of brain cancer. you may not recognize the name steve sabol but if you're a football fan you know his work. steve sabol started n.f.l. films with his father ed in 1964. they were innovators, using superslow motion, sticking microphones on coaches and players. >> that's horrible! i could get some girl to do that! >> reporter: they hired orchestra leader sam spence to
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compose the sound track and john facenda, the narrator, known as the voice of god. >> the autumn wind is a pirate, blustering in from sea. >> reporter: steve sabol wrote those words. he once said he saw game as art as much as sport. he was 69. a florida girl who turned 15 today is looking to turn a profit in the housing market. her story's next. boom! get it! spin!! oh, nice hands! chest bump. ugh! good job, man. nice! okay, halftime. now, this is my favorite play. oh! i'm wide open. oh, fumble. fumble. don't want to fumble any of these. [ male announcer ] share what you love, with who you love. kellogg's frosted flakes. it's up... and it's good! good?! they're grrreat! with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life
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>> >> pelley: a report out today says america's home builders are more optimistic about a turnaround in the housing market than at any time since the bubble burst. well, there's a 15-year-old girl in florida who is betting on a turnaround and anna werner has her story. >> reporter: willow tufano may look like a typical teen, dress like one, and act like one, but growing up during florida's foreclosure crisis gave her the opportunity to become something else, too. >> i bought my first house and i'm buying my second house here soon. >> reporter: you're a landlord. >> yes. >> reporter: she's likely florida's youngest landlord, taking her cues from her realtor mom who buys cheap bank-owned homes. >> i would go around with my mom and look at these houses and there was one that was filled with a whole bunch of furniture
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that was nice and i said, well, i could sell this stuff. so that was how it started. >> reporter: willow eventually made $6,000 by selling furniture, which she used to help her purchase this $12,000 home. she'll soon close on her second house, this one. it cost $17,500. >> i'm trying to get as many houses as i can while the market is low. >> reporter: what's your goal? >> i want to have probably around ten houses by the time that i'm 18. >> reporter: ten? >> yes, i want to try for two a year, pretty much. >> reporter: today, willow spends her spare time gathering and selling items not just from foreclosed homes but from garage sales, from charities, even street curbs. i just try and save every penny that i can to invest in more houses. >> reporter: as a minor, willow can't legally be on the deed, but when she turns 18 her mother, shannon moore, will sign the properties over to her.
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>> i said, willow, lead the way, show me where you need to go." and she has. >> reporter: not bad for a kid with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder who left a gifted school because teachers told her mom her daughter couldn't focus. >> i guess it's hard to, you know, listen to people say "your kid has a problem," you know? and now look at her. i don't know. i guess i'm really proud of her. >> reporter: these days, willow's busy collecting rent from her tenants, shopping for building materials, and taking stock of her next project. >> i think that would work. >> reporter: all from a girl who is too young to drive but has plenty of direction. anna werner, cbs news, northport, florida. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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this is 9news now. >> hof rain, strong winds, rolling through our area today and sending trees and power lines to the ground. good evening. let's find out if the worst is behind us. let's talk to topper shutt in the weather center. >> we can sound the all clear. the threat of severe weather is over. we'll start with the watches. the watch has been trimmed. so we're looking at a tornado watch in effect for parts of the delmarva and parts of new jersey and a lot of severe weather going on in the delmarva around the ocean resort and severe thunderstorm warnings. we are okay. all right, a live look at the radar. we're looking at mostly showers and storms across the bay into the delmarva. especially south of dover and just west of bethany and ocean city. we do